Members: Richard Shay (drums and vocals), Matt O’Neill (guitars and vocals), Brendan James (vocals and guitar), Micah McCabe (bass and vocals), Dr. Relaxo (guest sax).
Style: Classic ’70s-inspired wailing cock-rock, but with more than a hint of romantic chivalry that soon has the guys in the crowd fired up, and the girls standing in a slippery little puddle.
Influences: The Black Crowes, Pearl Jam, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Neil Young.
Prior Gigs: Velvet Jones, Wildcat, Rocks, Johnny Depp’s Viper Room in L.A., and the Ventura Theatre. They’ve opened for Blondie and Little Feat, and were featured on Chrissy Strassburg’s “Musical Café” on Channel 17.
The Skinny: Formed in Ojai six years ago, the band literally rose from ashes: After two garage-based years, they began the monumental task of converting a century-old barn into a deluxe practice/recording space (the “Red Barn Studio”) that perfectly suits their somewhat hippie-esque grassroots ideals. With wailing vocals, searing guitar hooks, and a punch-tight rhythm section, they take the phrase “in your face” literally, and they deliver on that promise. Hold on to your hat, cuz your ass’ll belong to Shades of Day.
Next Gig: The band holds its triumphant CD release gig for the eagerly anticipated album Mayday at the appropriately named Rocks this Friday, May 12.
— Brier Random